Efficient and intelligent councils

As part of the work to help councils to continuously improve, the LGA wants to bring together learning from across local government, so we can better describe the characteristics of efficient councils and create a package of support in one place.


Councils provide many of the vital services that people rely on every day. From cleaning our streets to caring for the most vulnerable, councils have a history of finding innovative ways to deliver services with limited resources. To help ensure the high quality services communities value continue to be provided we are currently looking for councils to help co-produce a new package of support.

This will include an online self-assessment tool allowing councils to see how they are doing in key areas, such as:

  • understanding of the local place and priority setting
  • leadership of place
  • financial planning and viability
  • organisational leadership and governance
  • capacity to deliver

The aim of the tool is for lead members and senior officers to better understand where they are as authorities in the efficiency journey and in their ability to use evidence to inform decisions. For each of the areas there will be examples of best practice, case studies, tools, guidance and any other resources.

Get involved

The LGA is developing this new capability with partners, Pfiks Ltd, iESE Ltd, Knowledge Hub and Porism Ltd, but we are also looking for close collaboration with local government to identify ideas and content that will make sure the support has widespread take-up.

This package will be developed and piloted over the autumn, and implemented by the end of March 2019. We are currently looking for councils to help co-produce the content and develop the efficiency model for use in the new self-assessment tool, as well as pilot its rollout and use.

If you are interested in taking part, or have any questions, please contact programme manager, Tim Adams, by emailing transparency@local.gov.uk